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Budbreak 2013: Montalcino terroir in action

by Laura Gray on April 15, 2013

Our three vineyards are separated by a total of 15 km (9 miles) and have different elevation, soil composition, vine-age and exposition. These photographs were all taken on a gloomy afternoon on 11 April 2013. Same day, same clone of Sangiovese… At Le Due Porte, where our cellar is, the fuzzy nubs of the new […]

Ever seen a grown vine cry?

by Laura Gray on April 4, 2013

Weeping VinesThis week the vines at Le Due Porte started to weep. This was not a reaction to the latest chapter of the Brunello wars  or a comment on the lack of a government, but a much-welcome sign that Spring is finally on its way and the linfa has started to flow. The soil warms and […]

A Bambi Free Zone for our precious gems

by Laura Gray on April 28, 2011

The deer are out in force, attracted by the fresh budlets on the vines. Two of our vineyards are flanked by woods and, far from asphalted roads and traffic, we are particularly vulnerable. The damage a couple of grazing deer can do in the hours between dusk and dark can be worse than 15 minutes […]


by Laura Gray on April 16, 2010

SfarfallamentoThe vine-leaves started unfurling today at Le Due Porte, our highest vineyard. This phase is known in Montalcino as “sfarfallamento.” This beautiful verb comes from the Italian for butterfly (farfalla) since the new leaves look like just like butterflies perching on the vine.

What a difference a week makes… (budbreak)

by Laura Gray on April 7, 2010

Budbreak - 7 April 2010

Budbreak at Le Due Porte

by Laura Gray on April 1, 2010

Today the first buds appeared which signal the start of the vine’s annual growth cycle. In Italian they are called “gemme” – which also means jewels. Where the vines have been pruned you can see that they are weeping or bleeding. This occurs when the soil begins to warm and osmotic forces push water, containing various substances, up […]